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Old June 23rd, 2008, 03:11 PM
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Hello, My best friend who still works for CCL just me this info on the Dream.






LARGEST ‘FUN SHIP’ EVER CONSTRUCTED,

130,000-TON CARNIVAL DREAM TO OPERATE EXCITING INAUGURAL SCHEDULE, OFFER HOST OF ON-BOARD INNOVATIONS

3,646-Passenger Vessel to Debut in Europe in September 2009,

Launches Year-Round Service from Port Canaveral In December 2009



MIAMI (June 23, 2008) – The new 130,000-ton Carnival Dream – the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed, offering a host of on-board innovations and amenities – is slated to debut September 21, 2009, operating a diverse inaugural schedule that features visits to magnificent European and Caribbean destinations.

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the 3,646-passenger SuperLiner will be a new class of vessel for the line and usher in a new era of “Fun Ship” cruising. With a new layout, sleek hull and distinctive profile, Carnival Dream is designed as the ultimate vacation experience.

Unique features of the Carnival Dream include a new concept in entertainment called The Piazza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live music venue; the most elaborate children’s facilities at sea, including expansive play areas and a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park; “scenic whirlpools” that extend over the ship’s beam; and a variety of new stateroom categories, including those specifically catering to families. Carnival Dream will also offer many other exciting and innovative features that will be announced in the coming months.

“We’ve taken everything we’ve learned about shipbuilding and incorporated it into the magnificent Carnival Dream. By offering the widest variety of all-inclusive facilities and features at sea, we will create fun, memorable vacations for our guests, all at an incredible value,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “From a bold new entertainment concept called The Piazza to innovative new larger stateroom categories and the most elaborate children’s facilities ever featured on any Carnival ‘Fun Ship’ – all of which are included in the initial cruise fare and accessible to everyone on board. – Carnival Dream was specifically designed with our valued guests in mind,” he added.



Exciting Inaugural Schedule

Carnival Dream is scheduled to enter service September 21, 2009, with an inaugural 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) featuring seven spectacular ports: Naples, Livorno and Venice (two-day call), Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Messina, Sicily; Monaco; and Barcelona, Spain. Two additional 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises will be offered on October 3 and October 15, 2009.

The ship will then sail on a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing departing Rome (Civitavecchia) Oct. 27 and arriving New York Nov. 12, 2009. Featured ports include Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and Malaga, Spain; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; and King’s Wharf, Bermuda (overnight call).

From New York, Carnival Dream will operate two eight-day Bahamas/Florida cruises departing Nov. 15 and 23, 2009. These voyages include a call at Port Canaveral (in proximity to Orlando-area attractions), followed by a visit to Nassau and Freeport in The Bahamas.

Year-Round Cruising From Port Canaveral

Following its New York departures, Carnival Dream will reposition to Port Canaveral, Fla., where it will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises Dec. 5, 2009. On its new Port Canaveral-based program, Carnival Dream will depart every Saturday on alternating weeklong cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Nassau; St. Thomas/St. John, U.S.V.I.; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; while exotic Western Caribbean voyages will visit Cozumel; Belize; Costa Maya; and Nassau. Carnival Dream will assume this route from the Carnival Glory, which will be redeployed to Miami to operate year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning October 3, 2009.



Unique Features and Facilities

With a basis-two capacity of 3,646 passengers and spanning 1,004 feet in length, Carnival Dream is the largest and longest “Fun Ship” ever constructed and the line has made maximum use of the vessel’s added size by creating some truly spectacular on-board facilities and features.

Among the ship’s many highlights is a brand new concept in entertainment – The Piazza. Designed as a comfortable oasis during the day and a bustling entertainment complex at night, this breathtaking indoor/outdoor café and live music venue will feature a bandstand where a variety of musical genres will be showcased, along with a large circular dance floor. A massive floor-to-ceiling curved glass wall will separate the room, creating comfortable and spacious indoor and outdoor seating areas offering stunning ocean views. Guests at The Piazza can also enjoy full bar service, along with an espresso bar offering gelato and a variety of decadent baked goods, along with high-speed Internet access.

Carnival Dream will also take the traditional cruise-ship promenade to new heights with a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship on Promenade Deck 5. Here, guests can take a stroll while enjoying spectacular ocean vistas, read a book, or just take in the sun from one of the many deck chairs that will line this unique open deck area.

Along the expansive promenade, four “scenic whirlpools” cantilever out over the sea providing magnificent sea views. Higher up, Lido Deck 10 will offer the most elaborate and expansive open-deck area of any Carnival ship with a tropical, resort-style main pool complete with a Seaside Theatre LED screen, a Serenity adults-only retreat, and numerous other features.

A wide variety of lounges, bars and nightspots – including a new dance club concept offering indoor/outdoor access – will be accessible via an 11-deck-high atrium whose ground level will offer a cantilevered bandstand atop a massive dance floor. Other features include an expansive 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa – Carnival’s largest and most elaborate health and wellness center to date.

Innovative New Staterooms

Particular attention was paid to Carnival Dream’s accommodations, as several innovative new types of staterooms will be introduced. The line’s first-ever “cove” balcony staterooms – located closer to the water line – offer beautiful sea views and exceptional value.

New deluxe ocean view staterooms – featuring a unique, guest-friendly configuration with two bathrooms – will provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience for guests who can enjoy their unique spaciousness, particularly families. In addition to twin beds that convert to a king, ample closet space and elegant décor, the two-bathroom configuration will include one full bathroom and a second bathroom featuring a junior tub with shower and sink.

There are even staterooms that can accommodate five guests – a rarity in new ship construction and also ideal for families. Additionally, there will be a wide selection of balcony staterooms and suites from which to choose – all offering the best in scenic cruising. Additionally, adjacent to Carnival Dream’s luxurious Cloud 9 Spa will be 65 spa staterooms and suites which will offer guests a number of exclusive amenities and privileges.

All Carnival Dream staterooms will feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.

Families Will Live the Dream

Carnival Dream’s numerous family-friendly amenities will include separate, purpose-built facilities for the line’s three distinct children’s programs: “Camp Carnival” for kids ages 2-11, “Circle C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and “Club O2” for teens ages 15 to 17, along with a full schedule of morning-til-night activities catering to each age group.

Sure to be a hit with guests of all ages will be Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park offering exhilarating water slides and various water spray apparatus. Carnival Dream will also be the first “Fun Ship” to feature a two-level miniature golf course.

All this, combined with the spacious two-bathroom staterooms and an attractive and convenient Port Canaveral/Central Florida homeport, will make Carnival Dream an exceptional family vacation.

Reservations Open July 1

Reservations will be accepted for all of Carnival Dream’s cruises starting July 1, 2008. A special online preview of the Carnival Dream is available now at carnival.com/dream. The site showcases a variety of the exciting features and amenities of this spectacular new ship.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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Old June 23rd, 2008, 03:22 PM
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WOW, sounds like a great ship to replace the "Glory" in Port Canaveral. Maybe I'll go ahead and book one of the first cruises, or if I'm retired by then, perhaps the repositioning cruise from Rome to New York. I don't like the bigger ships as a rule, but this sounds like a "must do" at least once, to give it a chance.
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Yep i have been waiting for it to come out. Bookings start July 1rst. My TA is all over it!!! Happy Cruising!!
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Wow this sounds like a great ship ... and the port is only on the other side of the river for me ...
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Wow - just wow!

I'd love to do that transatlantic cruise to NYC. I'm going to start saving my pennies. . .
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here is a cool pic of Carnival Dream deck .. check out the candelever pool

http://www.cruisenewsdaily.com/fp80623-l.jpg
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I'm wondering...
should interested parties book early on? give me your opinions

I'm thinking yes bcuz prices will go up due to popularity and increasing fuel prices. However, it could start out expensive (from cruiseline speculation) then get cheaper, then go up again as dates get closer. Where is that crystal ball when u need it?

I'm interested in booking her for Jan or Feb 2010 and don't want to book toooo early. Well you know how it goes.
Thanks in advance for any advice
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I just read the info from the web page. It looks like it will be an amazing ship! I think I know which ship I'll choose for January 2010 cruise. I'd go in February, but the Winter Olympics start in February 10
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Think it would be fun to get a group from here to go ...

No advice as to when to book for bes price but I know if the price comes down within your last payment most will honor the reduced rate.. I just booked the Carnival Glory in Nov and Dec 4 days ago ... great peices, going alone ... and they are now up $100 so that would have been an extra 200 for me on each cruise ...

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I hope to sail on her someday...
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Book the earlier the better. YOur price will be locked in . If prices go up, your locked in at the lower price. If prices go down, you get a refund of the difference. Can't go wrong -------I wish the Dream was going out on my Alaska cruise since I have been on the spirit already (but loved her..lol)
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Sure can't wait til tomorrow to see what the prices will be like. Maybe a good possibility to book early for our next cruise.
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I just checked out Carnival Dream prices ..
On her first sailing out of Port Canaveral .. is Dec 5th ..
Dec 5, 2009 Saturday $659* $679* $859*

Jan 9, 2010 Saturday $579* $899* $869*

best prices I have found thus far ..

So .. let's all go ..

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Bummer, Appears that the Balcony Cabins will look down on the Promenade and the life boats instead of straight down to the water. The Feature Cove Balconies on the Main deck below the Promenade would have a great view of the water but will be looking at the bottom side of the life boats.

If anyone gets a chance to sail on her I would be interested in seeing pictures of the views from the balcony cabins.
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Wow! Great prices!
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Mehawk .. how did you like the Freedom? I sailed on her for 2 weeks back to back ... I was not real impressed .. I did not care for all the wood on walls think it will date her real fast. I was going to say I hated the hands in the nite club .. but now I cannot remember if they were on the Freedom or the liberty .. Yes the prices on the Dream are not bad for a new ship .. we iwll see .. have a feeling they will climb pretty quick .. many will want to go on her .. I booked her with a few extra cabins set aside incase pricing goies up .. my friends cannot decide .. they have a few weeks to see ... or if anyone else wants them ..

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I'm giving 12/05/09 some thought myself. At $1,069 for an 8A including taxes and fees, I think it's a great deal being it is the first sailing from Canaveral and a brand new design! I think once word gets out that it is open for booking, fares are going to go through the roof.

I only have the opportunity to bid for Christmas week off every other year and 2009 is my next chance so I'm trying to figure out what to do. I could always gook it and then cancel if I'm lucky enough to get Christmas week off instead (I know I can;t afford to cruise that week).
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I'm giving 12/05/09 some thought myself. At $1,069 for an 8A including taxes and fees, I think it's a great deal being it is the first sailing from Canaveral and a brand new design! I think once word gets out that it is open for booking, fares are going to go through the roof.

I only have the opportunity to bid for Christmas week off every other year and 2009 is my next chance so I'm trying to figure out what to do. I could always gook it and then cancel if I'm lucky enough to get Christmas week off instead (I know I can;t afford to cruise that week).
From this morning when i booked, the price has already gone up!! That is why on new ships i book as soon as i can!! I think it is going to be an awesome ship!! My TA got me a way better deal than what carnival has posted online!! Thank god!! They also have a lot fewer 6A's on this ship as they have added a lot more balconies and TA's can't get group bookings for this category as well as the 8A's!! We had to book a 8B instead!! So my advice is if you want to go book NOW!! Happy Cruising to all!!
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I just about booked the Dec 2009 cruise on the Dream. Price wasn't to bad either for a single occupancy in an 8A balcony with military discount and air from South Dakota - $2700.

But alas i went with the 8 day cruise on the Miriacle going to Panama, Costa Rica & Belize in Nov 2009. $2500 military discount for a Single occupancy 8A balcony, Air from SD, transfers, precruise hotel and insurance.
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